Techno life

The founder of motorsport promotions agency KHP Consulting KATJA HELM moved to London from Germany 10 years ago and has since been instrumental in taking the Formula One Grand Prix circus to new locations, including China and Bahrain. She loves her old Sony laptop, but may soon have to part with it for a newer model, one with a card slot to accommodate her wished-for Datacard.


I'm a huge fan of smoothies - I drink them every day - and this is a really stylish way to make one. I have a smoothie recipe book and I'm always trying out new ideas. My favourite is raspberry, lemon and banana.

The secret is to put ice in, too; that way, they aren't too heavy. I also have a Gaggia espresso machine; a cup of good coffee helps to get me up in the mornings.


My phone is the thing I rely on more than anything else - I couldn't do without it. I worry about getting hot ears sometimes, though. This is a quad-band phone; it's supposed to work all over the world, even in places where tri-band phones don't. But I've not had it long, so I didn't get a chance to try it in Shanghai at the Grand Prix. It's got Bluetooth and so has my car - a BMW Z4. I just put the phone on the dashboard and the car's hands-free system hooks up to it automatically. That's the kind of technology I like: simple to use and it works.

PDA - HP iPAQ h4150

This is my PDA, but I don't really use it much any more. I soon realised that mostly it just duplicates functions I already have on my laptop, and why would I carry two devices that do the same thing? For me, it's all about travelling with the minimum amount of stuff. I also tried a Blackberry, but after sitting in bars with people who are still checking their e-mail at 11pm I decided not to get one.

I don't want my evenings ruined. It is possible to keep on top of things without having to be on call 24 hours a day.


I travel a hell of a lot, but I'm vain so I won't carry a computer case - they are ugly. When I get on a plane I'm surrounded by men who all have the same black laptop bag; I really don't want to look like one of them.

This laptop is perfect - it's so small I can put it in my hand luggage, and I have it set up so that I can pick up my e-mails and get onto my office server from anywhere in the world. I just need a phone socket to plug into. I may have to replace it soon, but if I do I will get another Sony.


I really want one of these, but I need to get a new laptop with a card slot. If you work globally and need to keep in touch, this is a marvellous tool. You can get your e-mail and go online anywhere - on the beach, in the car, in your hotel room - without having to look for a wi-fi hotspot or a phone point. I'd also really like a Bang & Olufsen Beosystem, which has got to be the best-looking hi-fi.

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